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Album Review

The Juno award-winning Canadian hard rock unit took a five-year hiatus after 2010's Life Turns Electric, a break that saw the departure of longtime drummer Rich Beddoe. It also found Finger Eleven retooling their sound, which they decided to do in Music City, U.S.A., working out of the West Nashville home of producer Dave Cobb and enlisting seasoned session drummer Chris Powell, both of whom helped to strip away some of the finery that had begun to accumulate over the last two studio outings. The resulting Five Crooked Lines doesn't deviate too much from the band's post-grunge past, but it is built from more volatile stuff. That shift in tone from heavy gloss to raw power is made apparent within the first few seconds of opener "Gods of Speed," a dense and propulsive road-warrior anthem built around a galloping backbeat that threatens to explode into Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" at any given moment. That penchant for groove-laden stoner metal with a hint of flannel continues on the Sabbath-y "Save Your Breath" and the nervy, psych-tinged "Absolute Truth," but Finger Eleven have always been a basement band with family-room aspirations, and the tight, ever so slightly funky single "Wolves and Doors," the shoegaze-kissed party anthem "Blackout Song," and the final two tracks, both of which pair Beatleesque melodies with beefy, Torche-inspired walls of distortion, feel as rooted in the cement and black light of urban, modern rock radio as they do the open highways of the Ontario wilds.

Customer Reviews

Back in the saddle

It has elements of Finger Eleven from all the previous albums, but it is also fresh and very rock and roll. "Gods of Speed" kicks it off with a fast driving beat and even a little Queens of the Stone Age kind of sound. "Criminal" sounds like a throwback to their earlier discs. "Save Your Breath" is the most raw and gritty they have shown in a while. "Wolves and Doors" has the funky disco beat reminiscent of "Paralyzer" and might be the lead single because it already has a video. Usually when the album title track is buried in the middle of the album it is a let down, but that is far from the case with "Five Crooked Lines." With its distorted bass and straight up rock drumming, that song rips! Welcome back F11.


I like their other cds but this is very low quality ,slow beat ,come on guys your better than this!

Worth the 5 year wait!!!

The new album is great! Like all Finger Eleven albums the more I listen to this album the more it grows on me. Finger Eleven has always been a band not afraid to change things up and experiment with new styles. Although they have become more radio friendly throughout the years and incorporated more of a funk rock & pop sound into their songs it still hasn't taken away from the music. They have always been a solid rock band. The Greyest of Blue Skies will always be my favorite record from Finger Eleven but I still enjoy all their other records and appreciate the fact that they are still making quality music. Honestly I don't know why more people aren't listening to, talking about and reviewing this album. My favorite tracks include A New Memory, Come On Oblivion, Wolves and Doors, Five Crooked Lines, Gods of Speed and Blackout Song.


Formed: 1994 in Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The members of alternative metal outfit Finger Eleven grew up in Burlington, Ontario, and came together in high school as a funk-styled band named Rainbow Butt Monkeys. Originally comprising vocalist Scott Anderson, bassist Sean Anderson, drummer Rob Gommerman, and James Black and Rick Jackett on guitars, they won a rock band search contest on local radio and used the prize money to record their first album, 1995's Letters from Chutney. Gommerman left the band soon after, making way for drummer Rich...
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Five Crooked Lines, Finger Eleven
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Alternative, Hard Rock, Metal
  • Released: Jul 31, 2015
  • Parental Advisory

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